Sony’s Director of Peripherals and Esports Marketing, Anand Agarwal, released a post today on the PlayStation Blog that details how to connect your DualShock 4 to Apple devices with the latest OS update.
As of right now, you can pair your DS4 with the iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV without the assistance of any other peripherals. Mac compatibility is coming in October along with the release of macOS Catalina.
Besides being able to play games on Apple Arcade with the DS4, you’ll also be able to enjoy streaming games from your PS4 to any Apple devices that support the PS4 Remote Play App (iPad, iPhone, Mac).
As expected, the connection uses the Bluetooth functionality in the controller, but since there’s no USB port for mobile devices like the iPhone 11 and iPad Pro, there’s a bit of finagling to work through first.
You need to make sure that your controller is powered off, then holding the PS button until the light bar starts flashing should put it into Bluetooth pairing mode.
We’ve seen this exact same process before with pairing the DS4 to Windows PCs, mobile Android devices, and the Steam Link just to name a few.
Although the controllers will function essentially the same way as they do when connected to the PS4, there will be a few features that won’t translate to Apple devices.
Agarwal specifically mentions that the following features may not be supported: touch pad, vibration function, motion sensor, and the headphone jack for audio pass-through.
It also seems that the PS, Share, and Options buttons will still be locked to the touch screen on iPad and iPhone. It’s a bit cumbersome, but a small price to pay for the comfort of snuggling up with your PS4 games under a warm blanket.
You can find the full article from Agarwal on the Offical PlayStation Blog.
If you’re looking to test out the recently-added DualShock 4 compatibility, then check out our article on the 10 best Apple Arcade games.